Security Architecture for Cluster Based Ad Hoc Networks
Mobile Ad hoc NETworks (MANETs) are subject to various kinds of attacks. Deploying security mechanisms is difficult due to inherent properties of ad hoc networks, such as the high dynamics of their topology, restricted bandwidth, and limited resources in end device. With such dynamicity in connectivity and limited resources it is not possible to deploy centralized security solution but distribution solution. The paper proposes architectural security concept in distributed manner where network is divided into clusters with one cluster head node each. This cluster head node also act as a router providing proactive hidden routing by using Steganographic methods for inter-cluster security. Besides cipher method is used to provide intra-cluster security.